Uptown Girl, Shining Like Gold

http://Uptown Girl

I don’t often put on the glitz, but when I do, I just love it when it’s at this level.  Gold lamé is one of those things that can look somewhat trashy or really rich and elegant.  With Allure Couture, you know that you’re ALWAYS going to get the elegant side of things, her taste is always so dead on perfect.  Every little detail is just perfection, even down to the little golden apple that “holds” the gentle sweep of dark gold chiffon over the leg slit. A little bit of culture shock from yesterday’s urban grunge to today’s uptown sophisticated club scene, but that’s what life is all about, both of them! If you’re in the US, don’t forget to vote! 😉

  • Skin:  7 Deadly s[K]ins – Amorie, worn in Butter, browless; available at the Designer Showcase starting November 5th
  • Gown: Allure Couture – Vienna Gown in Gold includes matching Gold Mid-Heels; in sizes for Tonic, Physique, Hourglass, Maitreya, TMP, Freya, Isis, Venus, Ebody, & Standard; EXCLUSIVELY available at TheEvent for November
  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento)
  • Hair: TRUTH – Zoya
  • Eyes: Azdesign – Reel Green V2 mesh eyes
  • Makeup:  LIVIA – Taryn Eyeshadow
  • Nails: Encore – Glamorously Gold Nail Appliers
  • Lingerie:  Tonic – Corazon Thong (16 color HUD in three levels of sheer)
  • Jewelry: Zuri Rayna – Antique Pearls/Golden Diamonds Bracelet; Chop Zuey – CZC Panettone Earrings, & Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose:  [KoKoLoReS] – Fashion Forward, Pose 1; Marketplace Only
  • Location:  OZ Nightclub

Queen for a Day

http://Queen for A Day

I’m feeling quite royal and privileged in my look tonight! Of course it’s mostly hidden by this absolute stunner of a gown, but I’m wearing a pre-release of the new V5 Tonic body and it’s definitely giving me that inner glow. Although the Tonic body has always been my favorite, the V5 is a newer, smoother mesh that’s even more beautiful. What does smoother mean in terms of mesh (and yes, I asked the same question)?  Simply put, smoother means easier on the eyes and smoother for animating. Not only is the body itself improved, but it comes with a brand new HUD filled with LOTS of goodies that I’m still discovering — more detailed nipples, more skin tones, more neck sizes, more layer controls, built-in heel lock, more nail polish colors, and the ability to wear different colors on different nails (is that cool or what !?!).

And that’s what’s going on UNDER the gown! Once again Rene Broux of Allure Couture has outdone herself with another stunning exclusive for the now renamed and excitingly relaunched TheEvent (because it’s The event to go to!)… the fit, the texture, the GLOVES (OMG how I’ve missed my gloves, I haven’t had formal elbow-length gloves since I went to a mesh body), the little semi-transparent shoulder drape, the included gold high heels, this is another formal gown to die for… perfectly accentuated by the tiara and earrings from Stone’s Works, which give the added touch of finery, without being too glitzy or overpowering.  I had originally wanted my picture to be one of going to meet the queen at Buckingham Palace, but couldn’t find anything remotely similar here on the grid. Instead, I’m definitely fit to be Queen for a Day myself… or two… or three… so you can come and meet me… 😉

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty, pre-release of the new V5 body
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento)
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Romina, worn in Apricot, Freckled Browless; fatpack of 10 skins available in Freckled or Regular (both with browless option) available exclusively for 199L at Designer Circle
  • Makeup: LAQ – Glitter Eyes Applier; Elise – Nocturne Lipstick
  • Tattoo:  Carol G – Breast Black Rose
  • Hair: D!va – Helen in Garnet
  • Gown: Allure Couture – Reign Gown in Royal Purple includes matching Gloves & Gold Heels; in sizes for Tonic, Physique, Hourglass, Maitreya, TMP, Freya, Isis, Venus, Ebody, & Standard; EXCLUSIVELY available at TheEvent for October
  • Jewelry: Stone’s Works – Diamond Star Tiara Hair Pin & Silver Star Ribbon Earrings (sold separately); Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Artis – AE Stand Model 7
  • Location: Classy Dance Ballroom

A Killer Combination

http://H A Killer Combination

It’s been a rough week. I’m so glad it’s Friday, not that it really means much any more considering that I’ve started a new online business where I work from home on the computer all day.  Still, weekend days SEEM different somehow. Perhaps it’s just mental carryover from all the years of getting dressed and commuting hours back and forth to a “real” job and then coming home to change into an outfit like this one.  (How’s THAT for a segue!?!) Just by a quick glance, you can tell it’s an Allure Couture outfit by the attention to detail — the buttons at the front of pants, the zippers at the tops of the thighs and the open ones at the ankles (I LOVE the ones at the ankles!), the inset above the knees, the splash of pattern on the back pockets, the loose folds of the top, the way the bra fits… you just feel so relaxed and easygoing yet still so sexy when wearing this.  And that’s a killer combination… both for you, and for anyone else.  😉

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento), available exclusively at Uber
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Merci, worn in Taupe, Browless
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Tattoo: Chameleon – Motylac
  • Nails: Petit Chambre – Autumn Nail 2017 (Camouflage)
  • Hair: Analog Dog – Margaret, Dark Reds
  • Outfit: Allure Couture – Amy Jeans outfit in Olive (Bra, Top, & Jeans); in sizes for Tonic, Physique, Hourglass, Maitreya, TMP, Freya, Isis, Venus, eBody & Standard
  • Shoes: Reign – Lottie Wedges (with multi-option HUD)
  • Jewelry: Earthstones – Elena Necklace & Earrings (Citrine); Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: PO^Z – Electra 1
  • Prop: Nerenzo – Friends Circle (past Group Gift)
  • Location: My home at GlenXi Estates

La Belle Soirée

http://La Belle Soiree

The minute I opened this box, I gasped. And once I put it on, I felt transported. I just couldn’t believe the detail… it looked like Rene had sat there painstakingly hand-sewing every bead to the bodice. It embodies elegance, but has enough transparency to the bodice to add a definite layer of sexuality.  This dress just needs the minimum touches of jewelry (my earrings didn’t photograph well, but they’re just simple pearl drops) and not too overpowering an updo.  And since it’s designed to be shape-hugging, when you slip it on over my Tonic curves, well, oooh la la… where else could I wear it but Paris? Special thanks here to  Zander Reeves, who helped me make my vision come true since I simply could not find the Paris I envisioned here on the grid, and was kind enough to edit it in for me after first trying to build it, and then bouncing around the grid with me a bit and sitting through my shoot.  On a side note, Champagne is just the first color of the fabulous Aria dress…  and it is EXCLUSIVELY available at the FitMesh Plaza & Event, it’s NOT at the main store. Other colors are to come, though personally, I don’t think any can possibly compare to this amazingly beautiful tone…

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento), available exclusively at Uber
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Junia, worn in Cashew, Browless
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup: LAQ– Smokey Eyes Applier7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Hair: D!va – Tessa in Garnet
  • Gown: Allure Couture – Aria Mermaid Dress in Champagne includes matching  Heels; in sizes for Tonic, Physique, Hourglass, Maitreya, TMP, Freya, Isis, Venus, Ebody, & Standard; EXCLUSIVELY at the September FitMesh Plaza & Event 
  • Jewelry: Cailyn Miller – Pearl Twist Earrings (long-gone designer); Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose:  GingerFish Poses – Moonlight and Martinis, #6
  • Location: Evans Country Club & Resort, with Paris edited in by Zander Reeves

The Elusive Bird of Romance

http://The Elusive Bird of Romance

I’m off to a family wedding in RL this week… don’t you just love it when romance is in the air? Although not in a wedding vein, I thought this was just such a lovely little romantic look… modern, yet somehow retro at the same time. The dress is short and sassy, with enough skin to tease the imagination but without really showing anything. And it includes matching heels! Paired with the soft tresses, layered braids and floral touches of this hair by TRUTH, it just whispers “Romance me” in soft seductive tones… I can’t decide if I hear a soft sigh in the background or the strains of a romantic ballad… hmmm, why choose? 😉

Soaking up the last rays of sun

http://Soaking up the last rays of sun

If you follow my blog (and I certainly hope you do), you’ve probably noticed that I’m suddenly taking a lot of pictures on the beach or in water lately, including several in bikinis. There are three reasons for this… first, because it’s bikini season in this part of the world, SL designers are all releasing incredible new designs and textures that are just too hard to resist. Second, photo contests are popping up all over the place, and one I’m participating in is at a beach community. And three (and frankly, this is probably the biggest reason), it’s just wishful thinking on my part since (A) the beach is a few hours and a whole hassle away in RL and (B) RL bikinis belong way back in my past. But that’s part of what Second Life is for, right? So I’ll just continue my bikini dreams, soaking up the last rays of the Cape Florida sun… and I don’t even have to think about sunscreen!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento)
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Java, worn in Maple
  • Nails: Encore – Shades of Green Nail Appliers
  • Hair: eXxEsS – Avela
  • Eyes: AZ Design Eyes Store – Mandala Eyes, available in Mesh, Appliers (Omega, Catwa, Lelutka), & Classic
  • Tattoo: Juna – Dala (Omega)
  • Bikini: Allure Couture – Siren with 6 color HUD, includes Heeled Sandals (not worn); in sizes for Tonic, Physique, Hourglass, TMP, Maitreya, Freya, Isis, Venus, & Classic avatars.
  • Shoes: ROC – Canvas Sneaker! Tiptoe (25 color HUD); in sizes for Slink, Belleza, Maitreya, & TMP
  • Jewelry:  Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Location: Cape Florida Lighthouse & Park

Bird-watching 101

http://Bird-watching 101

Every girl needs white jeans in the summer, and what goes better with white jeans than a nautical-blue shirt? And these are not just ordinary jeans — cut-outs down the leg with black lace edging, and then matching lace on the front and back pockets. And if blue-and-white denim isn’t your thing, how about black-and-blue, green-and-brown, red-and-blue, white-and-black (all part of a recent update) or the original brown leather-and-lace (updated with new sizes)? All color combos feature the same sexy little tie up shirt with a contrasting bra (your choice whether or not to wear it, but I feel that this style shirt needs it or there’s an annoying gap between body and shirt), shoes, and matching jewelry. Perfect look for whatever your destination… even going to the beach to teach your doggie the fine art of bird-watching!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento)
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Maureen, worn in Almond
  • Nails: Encore – Shades of Blue Nail Appliers
  • Hair: Argrace – Shirabe
  • Eyes: AZ Design Eyes Store – Mandala Eyes, available in Mesh, Appliers (Omega, Catwa, Lelutka), & Classic
  • Makeup: LAQ – Opal Matte Lipsticks Applier
  • Tattoo: Chameleon – Lalit
  • Outfit: Allure Couture – Jackie Blue & White Jean Outfit, includes Slate Earrings & Necklace; in sizes for Tonic, Physique, Hourglass, TMP, Maitreya, Freya, Isis, Venus, & Classic avatars.
  • Shoes: Tonic – Grace Sandals 
  • Jewelry:  [Earrings & Necklace included with outfit]RealEvil Industries – Aqvila Bracelet (multi-option HUD); Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Reve Obscura – Spring Day Bento Pose with Mesh Dog
  • Location: Cape Florida Lighthouse & Park

The Torch Singer

http://The Torch Singer

I always feel like the star of the show when I get all dressed up in an Allure gown. Maybe it’s the style, maybe it’s the fit, maybe it’s the textures, maybe it’s all that and more. When it comes right down to it, the reason why doesn’t really matter; I just know that I always look great and feel great, whether standing on the side lines, dancing with my guy, or caught in the spotlight.  Personally, I haven’t found ANY other gowns that offer this quality for my Tonic curves without resorting to Omega… and it doesn’t hurt that they always come with matching shoes lol!  This sexy cut-away style in this pose just evoked thoughts of an old-style torch singer, about to sing one of my all-time favorites, At Last. (Please note: although the Mia Gown obviously enhances my Tonic curves, I DID need to tap on the Tonic alpha hud for the belly; your individual shape may not need that, but just in case, know that it was a super-easy fix.)

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento), updated to v3.05
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Java (worn in Maple browless/freckles)
  • Hair: TRUTH – Tinsley
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Eyes: IKON – Hope Eyes in Emerald
  • Makeup: LAQ – Glitter Eyeshadow and Black Lipsticks (worn on Layer 2 for blend)
  • Tattoo: Carol G. – Breast Black Rose
  • Nails: ZOZ – Sassy Polish
  • Gown with Shoes: Allure Couture – Mia Gown in Blue with Mia Slink Heels (for Tonic, eBody, Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Maitreya, Physique, TMP, Venus & Fitmesh)
  • Lingerie (not seen in image)Tonic – Corazon Thong (16-color HUD w/ 3 sheer levels)
  • Jewelry: Moondance Boutique – Chelle Necklace, Bracelet, & Solitaire Pearl Drop Cluster EarringsChop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Location: Beauty’s Edge Lounge